Republicans plan to tackle tax reform before healthcare

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It’s more likely that tax reform will take place before healthcare legislation is overhauled, according to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) in a Sunday morning interview.

“The tax reform is an easier lift,” Johnson told radio host John Catsimatidis. “Healthcare is a problem, because ObamaCare is such a mess. I mean, it is collapsing insurance markets. We may have to break this into two pieces. Do kind of a real triage, a short-term measure to stabilize the markets, then take our time and actually have a healthcare bill that will restrain the cost in healthcare.”

Infighting among GOP senators regarding different parts of the new healthcare bill, especially the expansion of Medicaid, has lowered expectations that plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare will actually take place any time soon, despite the fact that House Republicans passed a bill early last month.

Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that there’s not enough support for the new healthcare bill, which means that passing a major tax law would be the easier task.

In an effort to move things along, Vice President Pence on Saturday asked senators to pass the new healthcare reform bill by the end of the summer.

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